This is how it happened.
Creating, Prototyping fast – 3D modelling for 3D printing.
(Workshop on 5th February 2019 at Edinburgh Barclay’s Eagle Lab. More info here)
Creating, Prototyping fast – 3D modelling
Anyway with the completed model I tangibly tested my idea and it worked great, helping with the next stage of designing to get the size right and the form more interesting and aesthetic. This second model was also processed for 3D printing out using Cura and printed in white PLA.
3D digital model was transferred in .stl format to Ultimaker’s Cura programme. The digital model was processes by being sliced and the g-code saved to send to the 3D printer.
Creating, Prototyping fast – 3D printing
The model printed in about 2 hours so while it was being printed I finished a couple of tasks but was pretty fidgety!
Creating, Prototyping fast
Theses models were then used to decide on the details towards a more finished piece. Having tangible objects helped with decisions on the cord, as the piece is a bead of sorts, on spacing and also on design features. Getting back on the computer I also have ideas bubbling away to create the variations.
Objects printed with the extrusion method used by the Ultimaker can require supports to be built for overhangs – as my model did. As a jeweller I have the bench, tools and expertise to produce a good finish on the bead, to remove the supports and file off the rough bits.
This is how it happened: more tweaking and 3D printing for a few models to start to play with.